Shambles, York, England

This evening, I am posting information on the fine and ancient city of York in N.E. England.

York is a popular tourist destination.The city has a historical legacy dating back at least 2000 years with particular emphasis on the Roman, Viking and Medieval eras. More information as follows:

Roman York:

Established AD 71 when the Ninth Legion built a fortress which evolved over 300 years to become a permanent military base and civilian town ( Eboracum) of the highest rank. Here is a list of Roman sites:

  • The medieval city gate at Bootham Bar which stands on the site of one of the main gates (porta principalis dextra) of the Roman fortress.
  • A small piece of Roman wall in a car park at St. Leonard’s Place.
  • Multangular Tower in the Museum Gardens.
  • Roman Bath in St. Sampson’s Square.
  • York Minster (Cathedral) which is situated on the site of the Roman basilica. Outside the south door is a 8m high column, one of 16 which supported the basilica roof.
  • Remains of the east corner tower of the Roman fortress at Aldwark. Visible from the city walls near Monk Bar.
  • The city walls from Monk Bar to Bootham follow the line of the Roman city wall.
  • Yorkshire Museum which is home to an extensive collection of Roman artefacts.

Viking Era:

During the period AD 866-AD 1066 York was a major Viking settlement and trading port. Archaeologists have discovered remains of houses, workshops and backyards of the Viking era in the Coppergate area of York. This outstanding discovery has been transformed into an re-enactment experience known as Jorvik where visitors can connect with York’s Viking heritage. An extremely popular visitor attraction.

Medieval Period

  • York Minster ( Cathedral) dominates the city. A noble and imposing structure which dates from the period AD 1220-1472 on the site of earlier Christian places of worship. A stunning building in the Gothic style of architecture and a treasure-house of medieval stained glass. is possible to climb the tower for spectacular views of the city and beyond.
  • Barley Hall, off Stonegate, is a recently discovered and restored medieval townhouse, once home to the Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York.
  • Clifford’s Tower, a remnant of medieval York Castle.
  • Church of Holy Redeemer
  • Church of Holy Trinity.
  • Medieval Houses in Our Lady’s Row.
  • Richard III Museum.

Bootham Bar, York, England.

Inside York Minster, England.

York Minster

Clifford’s Tower, York, England.

Other places of interest:

  • York Dungeon
  • National Railway Museum
  • York Art Gallery
  • River Trips from Lendal Bridge..
  • The Shambles, shopping and visitor attraction in central York.
  • York Wheel visitor attraction.

National Rail Museum, York, England

Shambles, York, England

River Ouse, York.

Within a day’s drive of York:

Video clip of Castle Howard.

Castle Howard, Yorkshire, England.

Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire, England.

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